My Approach

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I work with my clients in a collaborative partnership where your goals and desires are heard. Depending on your needs and challenges, I may offer specific practical tools skills that you can use from the very first session to help you manage stress, anxiety, grief, anger or depression. I value the relationship that we build together, which can serve as a tool from which you deepen learning and insight about yourself. We may explore your beliefs, emotions and thoughts through sensing your body experience and patterns of tension in your body and your breath patterns. We will identify negative beliefs and patterns of thinking or behaving that you may have developed to manage in your past, but that aren’t serving you or your goals in the present. I may facilitate the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which are modalities that help clear and resolve negative beliefs and increase self compassion and resiliency.
We may explore your experience through non-verbal modalities like gesture, drawing, movement or guided imagery. Through engaging your “Active Imagination” you can access deeper parts of yourself which can provide insight and expression and help you feel more resilient, capable and whole. These non-verbal modalities can provide access to change and transformation more quickly that simply “talking” about an issue because they access your unconscious as well as your embodied level of experience.

Some of the modalities I use include:

Mindfulness, Heartfulness, Embodied Awareness
Neuroscience based Mind/Body techniques
Guided Imagery
EMDR (Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing)
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Expressive Arts – Active Imagination including art, writing, movement, music
Transpersonal/Meditation/Energy work including Reiki/Process work
Authentic Movement and Yoga Therapy

We all have a creative source or Essence inside that is calling to us to be more authentic, more real and more alive so that we can live the full, abundant life that we came here to live. I believe we all have this part of us that has never gone away — it just gets buried under conditioned patterns of responding that come from our pasts. At that time we were doing the best we could to manage, but now with awareness, willingness to grow and guidance we can change these patterns in order to flourish in our lives.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost….It is not your business to determine how good it is…nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware of the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.”
—Martha Graham

When we are born, we are fully connected to this Essence or creative source. You can see it in the authenticity of children . As we grow and develop, we begin to have to mold and shape ourselves in order to fit the requirements of our families, culture, etc. and often we begin to lose track of our creative source and deepest longings. This is where therapy can help. Often, the experiences of dis-connection, inner struggle, lack of meaning stem from not being seen and understood in the ways we needed earlier in our lives. We end up having to dim our “light” , our Essence, in order to cope and get through, or fit in. As a result we may feel a disconnection that can impact all areas of our lives – work , family relationship, creativity and life purpose. When we lose connection to our creative source, we may find ourselves facing challenges like depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, as well as feeling disconnected from others. We may have relationship problems, feel alone, isolated or have trouble being alone. We may look for ways to distract ourselves from the pain of feeling disconnected.

My intention is to help you reconnect with your “light” your Essence, to regain balance and feel more confident, and resilient, so that you can live a fuller, more authentic, more connected life filled with joy, passion and meaning.